As the name suggests, Labradoodles combine many of the positive traits of the smart and allergy-friendly Poodles with the obedient nature of Labradors. Their faithful and friendly character makes it the ideal Family dog, for children as well as adults.
Due to their sunny and obedient nature, poodle crosses or doodle dogs are becoming increasingly popular. In such hybrid breeds, external characteristics and character traits can vary greatly.
Labradoodle are a Crossbreed of Labrador and large poodle. They reach about a size of 53-65 cm with a weight of 27-40 kg. Since it no official breed standard so far there are, the definition of the breed is sometimes interpreted differently. Thus, some people also see the Labradoodle as a cross between Labrador and the various sizes of poodles. In that case, of course, the sizes and weights of the quadrupeds differ significantly.
Your distinctive coat usually jumps fluffy and curly to the eye. But other coat structures are also possible. Labradoodle can also have smooth, wiry or wavy coat. Here, all colors from creamy white, brown, apricot, golden to black can occur. They shed little to no fur, depending on coat structure. Therefore, Labradoodle are suitable for many allergy sufferers. However, before buying, it should still be tried out whether an allergic reaction is triggered in those affected.
With their Teddy facethe inquisitive beady eyes and the small to medium size Hanging ears you get with the Labradoodle an animal with friendly and bright appearance. The long legs make the body appear slender and agile despite the fluffy fur splendor.
The right food
In feeding Labradoodles, as in other areas, are quite uncomplicated. Here the same food standards apply as for all dogs.
Due to the Labrador side of the crossbreed, the dog may be prone to overeating and Overweight tends. You should therefore make sure that the portions are not too large. Treats should also only be fed in moderation. Overweight dogs can have a negative effect on their joints and put unnecessary strain on them.
When portioning, you can follow the manufacturer's instructions for the food. But remember to adjust them to your dog and especially to his activity. The more physical exercise your dog gets, the more food he needs.
Food with high meat content gives the four-legged friends particularly many important nutrients. Vegetable components complement this perfectly. Unlike their ancestors, the wolves, the diet of dogs must be in no case consist exclusively of meat. However, much grain in the feed should be avoided.
The great advantage of the breed: the fact that it loses little or no hair, brings some additional maintenance with it. Therefore, in order to prevent your Labradoodle's coat from matting, you should regularly brush and comb. Getting your dog used to regular grooming as a puppy will make daily brushing much less stressful for both dog and human.
The coat can develop into different structures. Almost smooth or rough coat to curly curls are possible. Wavy and curly coat requires extra care. Because these dogs lose less hair than their peers with smoother coat.
Every 6-8 weeks, especially in the summer, it is advisable to to cut back a littleso that the coat does not become too long. In addition, as dogs with hanging ears covered with hair on the inside, Labradoodles tend to have Ear infections. Therefore, the fur in front of the ears and in the auricle should be trimmed regularly to ensure good ventilation.
The high-maintenance coat needs a lot of attention. You should therefore in any case in a High quality brush invest. A dog comb and scissors for shortening long sections of hair can also be very helpful in grooming.
Poodles are known to be very smart dogs; Labradors usually learn new things quickly and easily. As a result, with the cross to the Labradoodle has a intelligent and adaptive dog arose, which also quickly boring will. In addition to physical activity such as walks, agility training, or retrieving, you should also train your dog to challenge mentally. For this purpose, for example, educational toys are suitable, with which your Labradoodle can also occupy himself sometimes.
To prevent plaque or gum problems, you can use the Dental care playfully remove from suitable chew sticks and other chewing items and also give your dog a treat.
Origin & History
The Labradoodle is a comparatively new breed of dog. Just at the end of the 90s, the first purposeful cross between Labrador and Poodle was bred in Australia. A guide dog association had deliberately made the crossing of poodle and Labrador. The reason for this was the following problem: A woman, who was dependent on a guide dog, could not keep a Labrador due to her husband's allergy to dog hair.
There had to be a Allergy friendly guide dog be created. And indeed, her husband did not react allergically to the Labradoodle's fur. With this new perspective Labradoodle could used in various fields as therapy dogs become. And that without causing allergic reactions. Meanwhile, there are also some breeders in Germany who have specialized in this new breed.
In Germany, the breed is not yet recognized by breeding associations. Strictly speaking, it is still a mongrel dog. Only the so-called Australian Labradoodle is recognized, at least by American breeding associations. Among breeders and families, the breed enjoys great popularity. So it should not be long before the Labradoodle is finally recognized as a breed in Germany.